Port NOLA’s clean truck program reaches milestone

(Photography by Cheryl Gerber) Brandy Christian

This month, the Port of New Orleans marked the replacement of the 101st truck through its Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program, reports Biz New Orleans.

Since it launched the Clean TRIP program in 2016, the port said that 101 short-haul drayage vehicles have been replaced with those with cleaner burning engines, reducing fine particulate emissions from each truck by 96%.

“As the shipping industry in general prioritizes sustainability, Port NOLA and our private partners are staying ahead of the curve by investing in greater sustainability at the second container terminal project in St. Bernard Parish, the Louisiana International Terminal,” says Brandy D. Christian, Port NOLA president and CEO and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission.

The program offers a 50% ($35,000 maximum) cost incentive for the voluntary replacement of drayage trucks that service cargo terminals and warehouses within the entirety of Port NOLA’s three-parish jurisdiction (Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard).

Clean TRIP is made possible with funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Port NOLA has received five competitive grants for providing truck replacement rebates supporting the local Port trucking industry. Read the entire story.